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is the story with Clybourne Park, as one group of people gives way . discrimination are not quite as verbally “called out” in the script, classism, sexism, and .. content/uploads//01/Clybourne-Park-Post-Show-Discussion- Characters, Cast, and Synopsis of Clybourne Park. 3. The Freedom .. to have some film director say, “I have a vision for your script.” I was an. STEVE married to LINDSEY KARL LENA FRANCINE KEVIN married to LENA ALBERT DAN RUSS KENNETH JIM Note: In the original production, the actor.

Russ attempts to joke with his wife, but his humor falls flat, and she becomes angry instead. Their relationship is rocky, as little disappointments—like Russ forgetting to cancel a subscription—can so swiftly ruin their good mood. After another silence, Bev starts to remember, out loud, a joke Russ told at the Rotary last year. Although they do not mention it, Bev and Russ are both trying to put their lives together after the death of their son.

Russ has fallen into an apathetic depression, and feels as though nothing matters. Russ attempts to make Bev laugh by bringing up their earlier conversation, but the moment has passed.

Active Themes The phone rings and Francine answers. Bev still values the Clybourne Park neighborhood and the community it provides her. Although Russ no longer finds joy or solace in the community or in the Rotary Club, Bev cannot understand why his behavior has changed so radically.


Active Themes Bev takes the phone from Francine and tries to convince Karl not to come visit, explaining that the house is in disarray and Russ is feeling under the weather. Although Russ is dismissive of Karl, Bev is more polite, and humors their neighbor.

Russ, meanwhile, is forced to humor Jim, the local minister whose friendship he has no real desire to keep. Active Themes Jim is friendly and good-natured, joking with Russ about the state of the house.

Bev gets off the phone and starts to chat with Jim. She is much friendlier to him than Russ had been, and Jim appreciates the attention. Bev is invested in the Clybourne Park neighborhood, even though she and Russ will soon be leaving it.

She values the connections and friendships she has with members of the community. Russ, meanwhile, has slowly cut himself off from everyone—his extended Clybourne Park community and even his wife, although he cares for her more than he cares for anyone else.

Active Themes Russ asks Bev if Karl is coming over. He agrees with Russ that it is related to Naples, and he and Russ continue to joke about geography. Russ refuses to say it, and Jim is left to stand uncomfortably as Russ and Bev bicker. Active Themes Francine, who had entered from the kitchen and waited patiently for a break in the conversation, asks Bev if she is free to go.

Francine exits again, gathering her things to leave. Several times throughout the exchange, Jim repeats—to no one in particular—that he would help except that, as he said before, he recently hurt his back.

Francine has come in to work as a favor to Bev, but understandably does not want to spend her weekend working. This underscores the different way the two women see their relationship. Put more broadly, Bev the white woman sees herself as the magnanimous friend of her black staff worker, but in doing so makes unreasonable demands on that staff worker. Active Themes Bev offers Jim lunch, but he declines. Bev exits to the kitchen to see what food is available.

Bev always tries to participate in conversations and make jokes, but she often misspeaks—as she did earlier, when she referred to people from Mongolia as mongoloids. Here, the joke she makes is revealing: although she means it would be warmer in the South and the ice cream would melt, her joke also alludes to the fact that the southernmost neighborhoods of Chicago have a higher concentration of black residents.

The resulting silence then shows how uncomfortable these characters are whenever the subject touches upon race, even accidentally. Active Themes Alone again, Jim and Russ make small talk. Talking about a cold is seen as acceptable, but talking about depression is not. Jim wonders aloud if Russ is the cause of her anxiety, which Russ denies before suddenly asking Jim if Bev had asked him to come over. He dismisses the whole field of psychiatry, and argues that anyone who feels like brooding should snap themselves out of it.

Ironically, Russ has spent much of the play so far brooding, and has seemed unable to snap himself out of it. Active Themes Jim, hoping to comfort Russ, tells him his son was a hero to his country. Jim assures Russ his son is in a better place and suggests that Russ might want to talk to someone about his emotions.

Russ points out Jim is not a psychiatrist and asks him to mind his own business. Russ again dismisses the value of psychiatry. His willingness to curse emphasizes the ways in which he is not aligned with polite society.

Active Themes Related Quotes with Explanations Bev reenters from the kitchen, and notes the mood in the room has changed. Bev complains to Russ that he is being ugly and she dislikes ugliness. Bev continues to play the role of the accommodating hostess, a role that is complicated by her hostile husband.

Bev remembers him fondly, and tries to stay positive and keep the ugliness of grief out of her life. By contrast, Russ feels that Bev is clinging too tightly to comfort, while he prefers to immerse himself in his despair.

Active Themes Russ moves toward the staircase.

He tells Bev and Jim they can discuss his son, Kenneth, on their own time if it comforts them. Jim interjects that he also served in the military, but Russ responds that Jim sat behind a desk like a coward. In the silence following this remark the doorbell rings. No one is able to get through to Russ. Bev feels that he is trying to make her unhappy and take away her hopes for healing and emotional comfort. Kenneth was clearly misunderstood by the members of his community, and Russ feels that he himself is being misunderstood, too.

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Neither Kenneth nor Russ, however, seemed to know what they wanted, or what could make them feel better and more included. In this sense, Clybourne Park is deeply concerned with demonstrating the importance to its various characters of feeling seen and recognized by others. Russ exits upstairs. Jim, within earshot of Albert, whispers to Bev that he should go.

Clybourne Park- Bruce Norris Play

Although Bev tries to be a friendly and welcoming hostess, interactions with Albert are awkward. Because he is black, she is less accommodating of him than she is of her white guests, leaving him to sit by himself while she talks with Jim.

Having exhausted her resources, she turns to a friend for help. Henry Shikongo of the theatre department directs the student cast.

Critical to Bruce Norris' play satirizing attitudes about race and gentrification, a team of students joins their professor, Dr. Toby Malone, as dramaturgy crew to ensure a play set in the late '50s and today rings true to those eras for all audience members.

In addition, "Clybourne Park" and its predecessor, "A Raisin in the Sun" will be the subject of a panel discussion from a. Some of the discussion topics will focus on issues of redlining, family hierarchy, black masculinity, race and ethnicity in the s and now, as well as racially restrictive covenants. In -- Act I of "Clybourne Park" -- a white couple has inadvertently sold their house to the neighborhood's first black family, after having decided to move to the suburbs following a family tragedy.

Neighbors vehemently urge the couple to back out of the deal. Fifty years later, in Act II, a white couple downloads the property in what is now a predominantly black neighborhood, raising fears of white gentrification.

Another community showdown pitting race against real estate takes place.

Clybourne-Park Script.pdf

The home -- the same one made famous in Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" -- is the battleground once again. The car comment?

In the printed script, it's ambiguous -- actors were unsure whether the remark was a slight or a compliment. The dramaturgs did their research about the era-specific vehicle and made the call, Weinell said.

The deaf character? Shikongo and others involved with the play think it's critical that an Act I character, Betsy, played by Olivia Wilmot, comes off as both multidimensional and believable.Conversations and word games related to geography remain a motif throughout the play—often temporarily bringing people together in their shared love of small talk and trivia.

RUSS Um. Their relationship is rocky, as little disappointments—like Russ forgetting to cancel a subscription—can so swiftly ruin their good mood.

BEV re: The matinee on Oct. As she packs, she stops to look at RUSS. Put more broadly, Bev the white woman sees herself as the magnanimous friend of her black staff worker, but in doing so makes unreasonable demands on that staff worker.

In the opening act, set in , Russ and Bev are moving out after a family tragedy. Isn't that silly.

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